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Blondes 'to die out in 200 years'
BBC On Line | Friday, 27 September, 2002, | Unsigned

Posted on 09/27/2002 9:09:41 AM PDT by aculeus

The last natural blondes will die out within 200 years, scientists believe.

A study by experts in Germany suggests people with blonde hair are an endangered species and will become extinct by 2202.

Researchers predict the last truly natural blonde will be born in Finland - the country with the highest proportion of blondes.

But they say too few people now carry the gene for blondes to last beyond the next two centuries.

The problem is that blonde hair is caused by a recessive gene.

In order for a child to have blonde hair, it must have the gene on both sides of the family in the grandparents' generation.

Dyed rivals

The researchers also believe that so-called bottle blondes may be to blame for the demise of their natural rivals.

They suggest that dyed-blondes are more attractive to men who choose them as partners over true blondes.

But Jonathan Rees, professor of dermatology at the University of Edinburgh said it was unlikely blondes would die out completely.

"Genes don't die out unless there is a disadvantage of having that gene or by chance. They don't disappear," he told BBC News Online.

"The only reason blondes would disappear is if having the gene was a disadvantage and I do not think that is the case.

"The frequency of blondes may drop but they won't disappear."


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To: fivecatsandadog
whoa, you must have the slowest growing hair on earth, or you're dead. 4 months w/o a touch-up, really?

Highlights, actually. Two-toned. But my hair bleaches very quickly in the sun, so I haven't gone all out yet. It's also long, as in past my shoulders, so it grows more slowly than people with short hair. At this point, there's about 5-6 inches between scalp and the last line. It's time. My hairdresser doesn't advocate monthly highlights. Too hard on the hair - and he's using Graham-Webb stuff.
101 posted on 09/27/2002 11:35:21 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Okay, I'm blonde, so how can I get Federal protection and other goodies?

Let me know when you find out!

Big advantage I have is being over a 1/2 century old and still blonde, hardly any grey except my beard.

102 posted on 09/27/2002 11:35:48 AM PDT by SLB
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To: aculeus
Blonde is not hair colour.

It is a state of mind!

Thus Spoke Zarathustra!!!

103 posted on 09/27/2002 11:38:50 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: OldBlondBabe
What color eyes does the mailman have....?
I thought brown was dominant over blue eyes.
104 posted on 09/27/2002 11:41:53 AM PDT by Mr. K
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To: Mr. K
I thought brown was dominant over blue eyes

It is, but that doesn't mean anything. By this supposition, as my dad's eyes are brown and my mom's are green, but her dad's were brown, all the kids in my family should have brown eyes and probably all the same shade. But we have: hazel (which turn the color of whatever I'm wearing at the time), whiskey brown (exact same as dad's), dark chocolate brown, mucky green, and sky blue.

A geneticist would have a field day with me and my sibs.
105 posted on 09/27/2002 11:47:06 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Thanks for the jokes. You made my Friday afternoon.
BTW, aren't Hillary and Barbara Steisand blondes?
I would make Ann Coulter an honorary "brunette."
FYI: I'm a brunette.
106 posted on 09/27/2002 12:19:28 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: NordP; anniegetyourgun
Yikes, Nordie! I have my hat on in that picture. Folks, I look much better without the hat. We're looking good, huh?
107 posted on 09/27/2002 12:30:28 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Paradox
My entire family, being hispanic, are dark. Black/Brown hair, dark skin. Two of my sisters married "anglo" men with brown hair.. well lo and behold, each sister has a natural blonde daughter.

Perhaps a better known example is OJ and Nicole Simpson --didn't their daughter have blond hair?

108 posted on 09/27/2002 12:58:12 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: NEWwoman
FYI: I am a blonde. A high I-Qed blonde. :-)
109 posted on 09/27/2002 1:05:36 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: aculeus; SeaDragon; RikaStrom
Well, I just hope I'm dead by then...
110 posted on 09/27/2002 1:08:30 PM PDT by Argh
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
Your high I-Q'edness has earned your place as an honorary brunette.
111 posted on 09/27/2002 1:21:15 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: ko_kyi
Yup, those old recessive genes just can't compete.

Nor will they have to.

Blondes MUST have more fun. That's why you never see a brunette with blonde roots.

Rita Rudner

112 posted on 09/27/2002 1:36:45 PM PDT by ihatemyalarmclock
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To: Paradox
you CAN have a "blonde" gene and not BE blonde

Yes. Although my hair appears dark, I am blonde. Although I am blue-eyed, my eyes actually appear green. I tried to grow a red beard, but could manage only a few red hairs among the blonde and dark. Very common for children to be blonde and blue-eyed, and then darken in a few years as they adapt chameleon-like to their surroundings.

113 posted on 09/27/2002 1:45:00 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: aculeus
I have nothing against blondes but prefer brunettes with beautiful legs!
114 posted on 09/27/2002 2:03:16 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: aculeus
GOOD NEWS FOR ME AND MY RELATIVES!


115 posted on 09/27/2002 2:14:30 PM PDT by finnman69
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To: aculeus
If this is any indication...

116 posted on 09/27/2002 2:33:35 PM PDT by genew
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To: NEWwoman

SHE gives blondes A BAD NAME!

***DISHONARABLE BLONDE ALERT***


117 posted on 09/27/2002 2:47:59 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I'm going to hell ping.

lol

t
118 posted on 09/27/2002 2:56:50 PM PDT by P7M13
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To: texson66
Oh dear! How did you get my picture! LOL!
119 posted on 09/27/2002 2:59:10 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: aculeus
This can be added to the list of things we need not worry about.
120 posted on 09/27/2002 3:01:12 PM PDT by Man of the Right
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To: P7M13
Not me.....my blonde is fake.....lol Nice knowing you P7M13.......
121 posted on 09/27/2002 3:23:17 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: tip of the sword; aculeus; RikaStrom; Slip18; xsmommy; Constitution Day; Gabz; Enterprise; ...
Definitely a suicide-blonde, dyed by her own hand.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

123 posted on 09/27/2002 4:22:58 PM PDT by LonePalm
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To: LonePalm; COB1
Now Cob and I are true blondes..........oh wait, he is silver haired.......and I am.....nevermind.........
124 posted on 09/27/2002 4:35:45 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
No Hillary pics?

No, wait! The eye can only take some much!
125 posted on 09/27/2002 4:38:31 PM PDT by NEWwoman
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To: LonePalm
We redheads are too tough to die!
126 posted on 09/27/2002 4:44:54 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: twigs
That story sounds like my mother. My father is a brunette and my mother has black hair and very dark skin. Then comes along my brother and I, flaming redheads. My all my great grandmothers were redheads, but we couldn't explain my tiny dark mother. My great aunt finally confessed that my great great grandmother was an Ojibwe Indian and very dark.
127 posted on 09/27/2002 5:01:47 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: LonePalm
Most of my family is blonde or redheaded except for the few of us that are brunettes - I do have a blonde gene and it tends to run amuk at times - just ask anyone that knows me!
128 posted on 09/27/2002 5:42:47 PM PDT by dixie sass
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To: ladyinred
When you took your break from FReeping!


129 posted on 09/27/2002 7:07:54 PM PDT by texson66
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
same here. My mother and I have dark skin and dark hair, but my brother has blue eyes and had blonde hair until he was 10 or so.. My sons had blonde hair until they were each about 4 and are as light as can be.....Between the Germans on my dad's side and the Cuban/Panamanian/Dutch on my mother's side,we have quite a mix going...
130 posted on 09/27/2002 7:24:59 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: aculeus
Me, my wife, and all five of our kids are blonde. I guess we're an endangered species. Does that mean we get some kind of benefits or something?
131 posted on 09/27/2002 11:11:54 PM PDT by Michael2001
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To: aculeus
Until then, ENJOY!
132 posted on 09/27/2002 11:13:45 PM PDT by A CA Guy
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To: vannrox
WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY! heh...heh...

LOL!

133 posted on 09/27/2002 11:15:48 PM PDT by justsomedude
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To: TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
ummm...she looks like she takes steroids.
134 posted on 09/27/2002 11:17:33 PM PDT by justsomedude
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To: texson66; RikaStrom
""The only reason blondes would disappear is if having the gene was a disadvantage and I do not think that is the case. "

I don't see any disadvantge to a blonde in jeans!

Silly!

They've been sayin' all along that blonde jeans are recessive and will disappear over time. ... Which is the root cause why blondes will never dye out naturally.

It's just a matter of hairedity.

135 posted on 09/28/2002 1:25:28 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: LonePalm
LOL ! This article reminds me of the old blonde hair coloring commercial:

Does she or doesn't she?.....

136 posted on 09/28/2002 2:12:48 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; maxwell
ROFL !!
137 posted on 09/28/2002 2:15:47 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: NEWwoman

138 posted on 09/28/2002 5:57:14 AM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
"oh wait, he is silver haired......."

Actually I have four bedposts whereone reside my complete hair color selection.
I'm in a rut lately wearing my silver one.

"and I am.....nevermind........."

Uh,..........you were saying....??

139 posted on 09/28/2002 8:27:02 PM PDT by COB1
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To: COB1
I was saying nevermind............
140 posted on 09/28/2002 8:31:58 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: aculeus
Bump from a blue-eyed, natural blonde
141 posted on 09/28/2002 8:35:15 PM PDT by Fraulein
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I've always thought the slight grey frosting that some ladies do on their hair is very attractive!
It amazes me that beauticians can be so precise in doing just a few hairs completely grey while leaving the rest natural!
142 posted on 09/28/2002 8:53:08 PM PDT by COB1
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To: COB1
Yes, those of us too young for any grey hair, pay a small fortune to have our hairdressers do that meticulous process of making us appear to have true grey hairs sprouting......... it is indeed, an art............
143 posted on 09/28/2002 9:15:55 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Yes, I know.
I would be quite wealthy today if I had not started on that process many years ago, doing just a few hairs at a time.
It's addictive, you know.
The more I got the more I wanted.
Today, even though I'm only thirty years old, I have a full head of grey to silver hair!
Those facial reconstructions to keep adding wrinkles cost a lot of money, too!
144 posted on 09/28/2002 9:30:42 PM PDT by COB1
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To: KSCITYBOY
This is why God invented bleach!

Works for me. lol

145 posted on 09/28/2002 9:34:43 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: COB1
Ok, I give up.....I can't beat that "purchased wrinkles" crack...........LOL
146 posted on 09/29/2002 7:29:48 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: aculeus; linear; All
Blonds get last laugh after media's gaffe - Bad
reports cited study predicting extinction of blondes

147 posted on 10/02/2002 4:08:26 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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